BAT Instructor’s Course

The 5-day hands-on Instructor’s course is for behaviorists and trainers who are using BAT and want to take their skills to the next level. The certification application (written exam and Practical Skills Assessment) is included with the course for free ($300 value) to all full participants and attendees. The written exam is given in the middle of each course after the essential theoretical material. Participants who are interested in becoming CBATIs may submit video for the Practical Skills Assessment after the course. The course is not required for full certification but is highly recommended.

“I absolutely recommend the course to trainers around the world who are open to growing their business and expanding their skill set. It’s a unique course filled with hands-on experiences in a constant stream of dialogue with like-minded peers. The certification gives you not only the confidence to use this technique, but it validates your BAT skill set to your own pet professional community. Plus, attending is a lot of fun!” – Ellen Naumann, CBATI, CPDT-KA (full participant)

Upcoming Courses: Here are the upcoming BAT Instructor’s Courses around the world. Click on the country for registration and other information. Costs vary by location (look for more 2015 dates soon!):

  • Australia: October 29 – November 2, 2014 (Melbourne area) – Grisha Stewart & Joey Iversen
  • Wales, UK: May 1-5 2015 (Goytre, West Glamorgan SA13 2YP) – Joey Iversen

Your BAT and leash-handling skills will be honed in this course for dog trainers and behaviorists, so you can be comfortable doing BAT with clients and know that you’re doing it ‘right.’

Personal attention: The BAT Instructor’s Course is limited to 12 student participants (full participation) and 12 student auditors/attendees (observation only).

Full participants: Each student participant has a chance to work directly with a dog/handler team (client intake and several training set-ups for a dog with fear, frustration, or aggression) as a co-trainer, practice BAT in a group setting, analyze video clips of course BAT sessions, and participate in problem-solving sessions.

For the hands-on portion, client/dog teams attend the seminar as ‘clients.’ Each full participant is matched with another full participant and a client. Participants are guided through the intake process for a new clients and work with the clients multiple times. Participants will get a chance to see each other work and improve learning by giving each other feedback (note that this means you will also be working in front of the other trainers in the course). Because of the small groups, we are able to work on a variety of issues during this course.

“I wholeheartedly recommend this course! I took it as a dog trainer working with overly reactive dogs to expand my techniques and skills and it certainly did that. Non-reactive dogs I work with have benefited by my increased awareness of canine body language, distance criteria, and wonderful techniques like “Treat Party!” Fearful, shy, and frustrated dogs I work with are gaining confidence and learning more appropriate responses faster and more naturally based on BAT. GREAT Course. Grisha is not just a superb dog trainer, she’s an excellent workshop presenter!” – Caryl-Rose Pofcher, CBATI (full participant)

Auditors/Attendees: You will take part in analyses, problem-solving sessions and discussions, but observe practical demonstrations rather than coaching clients. You will still learn a lot about how to do BAT. All participants and attendees receive a Certificate of Attendance.

“As an auditor I was totally involved in the whole course. I was paired with two of the participants and was an active member of the group. Any time my partners did a BAT session I had a bird’s eye view as I was the video-taper for my group. You can’t get any better than that. Grisha Stewart gives a very intense, well laid out program ,one I can assure , you will not regret. I went, I soaked up all the knowledge, I studied, I wrote the exam, I passed and I headed home majorly geared up to finish my certification process. Not to forget I also made some awesome new friends! I suggest GO FOR IT!” – Jennie Murphy (auditor) “I did learn a lot as an auditor. We get to participate in the planning of the work and you witness everything. I passed my exam. Now working with confidence on my videos.” – Jean Lessard (auditor)

Course pre-requisites:

Will I Get Certified at this Course? This course is to increase your BAT skills, not to guarantee a certification. About 75% of full participants have passed the CBATI written exams on their first attempt and all participants need to pass their Practical Skills Assessment by video as well (see below). Application for certification is free for all participants and attendees taking part in the Instructor’s Course ($300 value, written exam option only). All participants and attendees are entitled to one attempt at the written and practical skills exams if they sign a pledge to adhere to the philosophy of progressive reinforcement training.

The written part of the exam is offered at the course to all attendees and participants. The written exam has short answer and multiple choice questions. Everyone who passes the written exam may submit a video case study for the Practical Skills Assessment to demonstrate their practical BAT skills using BAT. Full participants will only need to submit 20-minutes of video with a written assessment of their own work, while the auditors/attendees will need to do the full regular case study.

Full Certification: To be eligible for full certification, you must also have logged 200 hours of training dogs using force-free training techniques as described on the CBATI certification page. These hours can be accrued before or after the course and exam. Provisional Certification Participants and attendees who pass the written exam and their videos, but who have not yet submitted evidence of the 200 hours experience will be awarded Provisional Certification.

What if I don’t pass? If you do not score above 85% on the written examination or the video practical skills assessment shows that you are not yet ready to be a CBATI, then you will need to register for that portion of the exam at another date. If you pass half of the exam (written only or Practical Skills Assessment only) then you can register for the exam at a reduced fee. You do not need to retake the course, unless you want to do so to further improve your skills.

Note: none of the participants or auditors bring dogs, because the focus of the course is to work as a BAT instructor, not a client working with their own dog. We will provide dogs and clients for your practice as a trainer/behaviorist.

Past instructor’s courses:

  • US: Northwest (near Seattle, WA) – August 20-24, 2012
  • US: East (Westborough, MA) – November 10-14, 2012
  • Europe: Portugal (Braga, in English) – February 14-18, 2013
  • Germany ( Schwäbisch Hall-Gottwollshausen, Germany, in English) – March 20-24, 2013.
  • US: Northeast, April 24-28, 2013 (Bethlehem, PA, near Philadelphia)
  • UK: June 1-5, 2013 (Banbury, Oxfordshire)
  • US: Northwest, August 27-31, 2013 (Alaska, Anchorage)
  • US: West Coast. California, November 9-13, 2013 (Petaluma – near San Francisco)
  • UK: February 25 – March 1, 2014 (Banbury)
  • Netherlands: May 21-25, 2014 (Bemmel)
  • US: Northeast: June 25-29, 2014 (Huntington, NY – Long Island, near New York City)
  • US: Northwest: August 12-16, 2014 (Seattle, Washington) – Grisha Stewart & Joey Iversen
  • Denmark: September 24-28, 2014 (Tune, near Copenhagen, in English) – Grisha Stewart & Joey Iversen
  • Spain: October 1-5, 2014 (Madrid, translation in Spanish) – Grisha Stewart & Joey Iversen

10 Responses to BAT Instructor’s Course

  1. Don French says:

    I live in Ontario Canada, how can one become BAT Certified without attending to a seminar or course in the USA? Thank you …Don French aka Good Dog Guru

    • Grisha says:

      Hi Don, In 2013, we will be offering the test at selected venues, not just at the courses. I will have information on that this fall.

    • Dana Gallagher says:

      Don – I also live in Canada and made the trip to the US to take the course and write the exam. It was well worth the trip to see so many talented trainers working with BAT and definitely improved my understanding of the method!

  2. I purchased the book at Clicker Expo this year and very much would like Grisha to bring her instructors course to Michigan! :-)

  3. I think Raleigh, NC would love to have you here.

  4. Ji Kim says:

    I too would like to see the Instructor’s course in the Southeast in the second half of 2013, preferably Atlanta.

  5. Dawn says:

    Hi
    I live in Perth, Australia. I have been using BAT in my work with reactive dogs and love it. I really want to become a qualified BAT instructor but (unless you are planning on running a course in WA) will be unable to attend a course overseas any time in the near future. What other options are there – is there a course / assessment on-line? Where can I take the exam?
    I hope to attend the APDT conference in Sydney this year, really looking forward to seeing you in action.

  6. JamesGirlJones says:

    Anything in the South East? Alabama would love to have you!